September 7, 2006

 

APALACHICOLA EXHIBIT PREMIER IS THURSDAY

 

MARIANNA—The public is invited to attend the premier event of “Apalachicola River: An American Treasure,” exhibit, Thursday, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m. (CST), in the Chipola College Arts Center.  

Casual dress is encouraged, and light refreshments will be served.

The exhibit includes stunning black and white images by landscape photographer Clyde Butcher and captivating day-in-the-life photos of people along the river by photojournalist Richard Bickel. Images from the two photographers comprise a two-volume book set which will be available at the show. 

Patrons who attend the premier will hear presentations by the artists and view a screening of the Elam Stoltzfus documentary which shares the same name as the exhibit. Musician and instrument craftsman Sammy Tedder also will share his designs of river cane flutes.

Inspired by the mighty Apalachicola, the exhibit records the history of settlers and Native Americans whose descendants still live in northwest Florida. It is the story of people who make their living from the river; it is the story of politics and water wars between Georgia, Alabama, and Florida. It showcases the haunting beauty of places like the River Styx, Dead Lakes, Kennedy Creek, Chipola River, Spring Creek and Tate’s Hell.

The Chipola Area Board of REALTORS® serving Jackson, Washington, Holmes and Calhoun Counties is the major sponsor for the exhibit. The Marianna Automobile Dealers Association, the Jackson County Tourist Development Council and Friends of the Florida Caverns are important sponsors of the exhibit.

Members of the Chipola Regional Arts Association are making arrangements for the exhibit with help from the Artist Guild of Northwest Florida.

The traveling exhibit is managed by the Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science in Tallahassee. The exhibit will leave Chipola Oct. 12 to travel throughout the American South.

       For information, call Joan Stadsklev, Chipola Director of Fine and Performing Arts, at 850-718-2301, or visit ApalachicolaAmericanTreasure.com

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APALACHICOLA EXHIBIT PREMIER IS THURSDAY—The public is invited to attend the premier event of “Apalachicola River: An American Treasure,” exhibit, Thursday, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m. (CST), in the Chipola College Arts Center. Renowned landscape photographer Clyde Butcher (pictured here) will discuss his photographs in the show. Casual dress is encouraged, and light refreshments will be served.  For information, call Joan Stadsklev, Chipola Director of Fine and Performing Arts, at 850-718-2301, or visit ApalachicolaAmericanTreasure.com

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MARIANNA AUTO DEALERS SPONSOR RIVER EXHIBIT—The Marianna Automobile Dealers Association contributed $2,500 to sponsor “Apalachicola: An American Treasure,” a multi-media exhibit which will be on display Sept. 14 through Oct. 12 in the Chipola College Arts Center. Pictured from left, are: Ricky Miller, Rahal-Miller Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac and Rahal Nissan; Dr. Jerry Kandzer, president of the Chipola Regional Arts Association; John Pforte, Bob Pforte Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep; Jorge Garcia, Marianna Toyota; Bob Pforte, Bob Pforte Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep; Eddie Hopkins, Hopkins Pontiac, GMC; Will Rogers, Chipola Ford; and Bill Hopkins, Hopkins Pontiac, GMC.

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FRIENDS OF CAVERNS JOINS RIVER EXHIBIT SPONSORS—Friends of the Florida Caverns State Park (FOFC) recently donated $1,000 to sponsor “Apalachicola: An American Treasure,” a multi-media exhibit which will be on display Sept. 14 through Oct. 12 in the Chipola College Arts Center. Pictured from left, are: Tom Wilder, FOFC treasurer; Mark Hebb, FOFC president; Dr. Jerry Kandzer, president of the Chipola Regional Arts Association and Chad Taylor, chair of the River Exhibit committee. Mark Hebb, Friends of the Caverns president, said, “The organization is proud to be one of the sponsors of the Apalachicola River Exhibit. It is important to find ways to collaborate in the appreciation and celebration of the natural and cultural resources in our state.”

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September 7, 2006

CNA COURSE SET TO BEGIN AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) course beginning Oct. 2.

            Applications are due in the Chipola Health Science Programs office by Sept. 20.  

            Classes will be held Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The final week of the course will include clinical experiences for eight hours each day. 

            The cost is approximately $500.  Students must take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) test and submit scores with their application.

            For information, call 850-718-2278.

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September 7, 2006

 

STATE CULTURAL AFFAIRS EXEC TO SPEAK AT CRAAA LUNCHEON

 

MARIANNA— Morgan Lewis, Arts Administrator for the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, is the guest speaker for the Chipola Regional Arts Association Sept. 19 lunch meeting.

Lewis will discuss the programs offered in Florida to enhance the arts. She manages the Division's grant programs for Individual Artists (Fellowships and Artist Enhancement), facilitates workshops, and administers the Local Arts Agency grants and State Service Organization grants.  Morgan also serves as the Division's Arts Accessibility Coordinator.  

Lewis has been with Cultural Affairs since July of 2004 and previously served as Gallery Director for Florida Craftsmen, Inc., a statewide organization that educates the public about Florida's contemporary craft artists.  

The Dutch-treat luncheon will be held at Jim’s Buffet in Marianna with lunch available at 11 a.m. followed by the program at noon.

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 September 7, 2006

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a variety of short courses in the coming weeks.       

            Chipola will offer the following Mandatory training for Child Care Facility Personnel and Family Child Care Home: Child Abuse and Neglect, Sept. 16, 7 to 11 a.m.; Child Growth and Development, Sept. 16, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Behavioral Observation and Screening, Sept. 11 and 13, 6 to 9 p.m.; Rules and Regulations (center), Sept. 18 and 20, 6 to 9 p.m.; Rules and Regulations (family), Sept. 23, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Pre-School Appropriate Practices, Oct. 21, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Special Needs Appropriate Practices, Oct. 7, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Costs range from $17 to $43 depending on length of course.

            An Early Care and Education Administrative Overview course will meet Tuesdays, Jan. 9 through April 24 from 6 to 9:00 p.m.  Cost is $191.  An Internship course will meet Thursdays, Jan. 11 through April 26 from 6 to 9:00 p.m.  Cost is $191.

            Introduction to Computers with Internet for Seniors will meet Sept. 12 from 9 a.m. to noon.  Cost is $24.

            A Real Estate Sales course begins Sept. 30 with class meetings on Oct. 1, 14, 15, 28, 29, and Nov. 5. Class times are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Cost is $250.

              Cake Decorating I begins Feb. 1. Cake Decorating II begins March 1. Advanced Level Cake Decorating III begins April 5. All classes meet Thursdays, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Cost of each course is $41. 

            Chipola also offers custom workshops. The following are available: Eat That Frog: Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done; Whale Done: The Power of Positive Relationships; The Pygmalion Effect: Managing the Power of Expectations; Discussing Performance; The Attitude Virus: Curing Negativity in the Workplace; Team Building: What makes a Good Team Player?; and After All, You’re the Supervisor!

            Gatlin Education Services (GES) offers, open enrollment, online courses in: health care, internet graphics/web design, business, law and travel.  Register online at www.gatlineducation.com/chipola.

.           Education To Go offers online programs in: computers, photography, languages, writing, entertainment, grant writing, business, sales, accounting, test prep, finance, health, child care, parenting, art, history, psychology, literature, statistics, philosophy, engineering, law and nursing. For dates and course outlines, visit www.ed2go.com/chipola .

For information about any of these non-credit courses, call 850-718-2395.      

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September 14, 2006

 

LECTURE SERIES SLATED WITH RIVER EXHIBIT AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College will host a lecture series in conjunction with the “Apalachicola River: An American Treasure,” exhibit now on display in the Chipola College Arts Center.

Lecture series guests will have the opportunity to view the exhibit of large black and white photographs by Clyde Butcher and Richard Bickel, and the documentary film by Elam Stoltzfus. The show also is open to the public, weekdays, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 6 to 9 p.m. and Sundays, 2 to 4 p.m., through Oct. 12.   

The series opens with a meeting of the Blue Springs Working Group, Thursday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Chipola Arts Center. The public is invited to attend. For information, call Vicki Mathis at 850-718-2289.

Jerry Ziewitz, Biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will discuss Endangered Species Conservation in the Apalachicola River and Bay, Thursday, Sept. 21, at 6:30 p.m.

Ziewitz has served the USFW Ecological Services division in Panama City since 1994.  His work includes recovery and consultation for endangered species of the Florida Panhandle, interstate water issues between Alabama, Florida and Georgia, and coordination with the Corps of Engineers in the Panhandle.

On Thursday, Sept. 28, at 6:30 p.m., Jim Stevenson, Former Chief Biologist for the Florida Park System, will discuss the work of the Florida Springs Task Force. Stevenson coordinates the Wakulla Springs Basin and the Ichetucknee Springs Basin Working Groups.

On Friday, Sept. 29, at 10 a.m., Edd Sorensen, Certified Cave Diver and dive shop owner on Merritt’s Mill Pond, will discuss Blue Springs and underwater caverns.

On Thursday, Oct. 5, at 6:30 p.m., Dan Tonsmeire, Executive Director of Apalachicola Riverkeeper, and Helen M. Light of the U.S.Geological Survey, will discuss their work to protect the river and its tributaries.

On Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 10 a.m., Dr. Steven J. Herrington, Apalachicola River and Bay Project Coordinator with the Nature Conservancy will discuss protection of natural resources in the Panhandle.

On Thursday, Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m., musician Sammy Tedder will perform original music and discuss hand-made instruments. 

The Apalachicola exhibit is made possible locally by the Chipola Area Board of REALTORS®, the Marianna Automobile Dealers Association, the Jackson County Tourist Development Council and Friends of the Florida Caverns.

Members of the Chipola Regional Arts Association and the Artists Guild of Northwest Florida are hosting the exhibit. 

For information, call 850-718-2301.

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September 14, 2006

 

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 SPRING CREEK TUBERS—This Richard Bickel photograph of Spring Creek tubers in Marianna is one of several now on display in the Chipola College Arts Center.  Apalachicola: An American Treasure is open to the public, weekdays, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 6 to 9 p.m. and Sundays, 2 to 4 p.m., through Oct. 12.   A lecture series is scheduled in conjunction with the show. For information, call 850-718-2301.

 

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September 14, 2006

 

CHIPOLA TO HOST MEETING OF BLUE SPRINGS WORKING GROUP

           

MARIANNA— The public is invited to attend a meeting of the Blue Springs Working Group, Thursday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Chipola College Arts Center.

Chipola recently was awarded a grant from the Department of Environmental Protection to coordinate the working group. 

Jackson Blue Springs—known locally as Blue Springs—has the second highest nitrate levels of any first magnitude spring in Florida.  There also is potential for a change in land use from forestry and agriculture to residential in some areas of the spring basin. 

The purpose of the Blue Springs working group is to educate stakeholders about the spring basin and to develop tasks to protect the springs by protecting the surface and groundwater flowing into the springs, and to promote best management practices within the springshed.  The project will bring together citizens, landowners, state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, and municipal governments, including the Nature Conservancy, 1000 Friends of Florida, the Apalachicola Riverkeeper, the Florida Springs Initiative, local County Commissioners, the Jackson County Planning Commission, faculty and students of Chipola’s Natural Science Department, and other interested individuals. 

The college will provide scientific expertise, and a library for building and housing a Blue Springs Collection of historical and scientific literature, and other contributions to the project. In addition, Chipola students will be exposed to educational issues involved with Blue Springs.  Because Chipola now trains teachers in middle school and high school science education, the effects of this project could be felt in public school systems as these future teachers enter the workforce.

The working group project will be overseen by Dr. Stephen Shimmel, a biology professor at Chipola since 1985. Dr. Shimmel holds a B.S. in Zoology, an M.S. in Botany, and a Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Georgia. He has been retained as a consultant/contractor for the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. Forestry Service.

Vicki Mathis, Chipola’s Business and Industry Liason, will assist Shimmel in documenting activities, accounting, maintaining the project data base, and submitting quarterly reports. Mathis has extensive experience in grant and project management.

Chipola will host three quarterly meetings of the Working Group, with the fourth meeting to be held on site at Blue Springs during Old Timer’s Day. Other meeting sites and tours also may be planned.

All citizens interested in issues related to the Blue Springs Basin are encouraged to attend the Sept. 21 meeting. Guests will have an opportunity to view the Apalachicola River exhibit and documentary film.

For information, call Vicki Mathis at 850-718-2289.

 

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September 14, 2006

 

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SELF-DEFENSE SEMINAR SET AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa will host a Domestic Violence lecture and Self-Defense seminar, Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 2 p.m., in Room 107 of the college Public Service Building.

Robin Baxley, a registered nurse and victims advocate, will present the lecture on Domestic Violence.

Jerry Brown, an instructor with the Florida Department of Corrections, will lead the self-defense seminar in Room 116.

For information about the event, call Pam Rentz at 526-2761, Ext. 3287.

 

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September 14, 2006

TALLAHASSEE BALLET TO OPEN ARTIST SERIES

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Artist Series opens Sept. 26 with “The Tallahassee Ballet.”

            The troupe will present an evening of classical and contemporary dance works performed to the music of Bach, Schubert and Schumann.  The program will draw from works by renowned choreographers Danielle Genest, choreographer and dancer from New York City; FSU Department of Dance Professor Rick McCullough; TTB’s Resident Choreographer Dr. Kathryn Cashin, and Henry Hernandez, TTB’s new Artistic Director.  Audiences also will enjoy classical favorites such as variations from The Nutcracker and TTB’s new ballet, Beauty and the Beast.

            Season tickets for the Artist Series are now on sale in the college Business Office located in Building A. Three other events make up the 2006-07 series. The Fabulous “Limeliters,” will perform Nov. 9.  The Limeliters launched their career in 1959 at San Francisco’s famous Hungry I and emerged as one of the dominant voices of the early 1960’s folk music scene.  Their rendition of the jingle “Things Go Better with Coke” became a national hit.  In addition there were endless tours with standing room only crowds. 

            Theatre of Illusion comes to Chipola, Jan. 29, 2007.  Kevin and Cindy Spencer have dazzled the world with their stage magic and breath-taking illusions. The Spencers take audiences over a threshold of disbelief and are captivated moments after the pair takes the stage. The Spencers create a powerful theatrical experience that audiences will never forget.

            The Orlando Opera Company presents “Passion, Power, & Peril,” April 9, 2007.  Audiences will experience extraordinary vocal music in this full-featured program, highlighting great classics from Opera, Operetta, and Broadway.  Highlighting the overall spectacle of Grand Opera, the show features beautiful costumes, sets and props, as well as some of the most endearing operatic and music theater selections ever written.

            The Chipola Artist Series is funded through Chipola’s Performing Arts Fund, with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Southern Arts Federation, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the Chipola Regional Arts Association and corporate donors.

            Season tickets—$40 for all four events—entitle holders to same seat reserved seats, invitations to the “Meet The Artist” receptions and subscriptions to the CRAA arts calendar. A limited number of individual event tickets—$12 for adults and $8 for ages 18 and under—will be available prior to each performance at the Chipola Business Office.

            For season tickets, call the Business Office at 718-2220.                                                          

 

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September 14, 2006

 

CNA COURSE SET TO BEGIN AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) course beginning Oct. 2.

            Applications are due in the Chipola Health Science Programs office by Sept. 20.  

            Classes will be held Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The final week of the course will include clinical experiences for eight hours each day. 

            The cost is approximately $500.  Students must take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) test and submit scores with their application.

            For information, call 850-718-2278.

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September 14, 2006

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a variety of short courses in the coming weeks.

            Chipola will offer the following Mandatory training for Child Care Facility Personnel and Family Child Care Home: Rules and Regulations (family), Sept. 23, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Special Needs Appropriate Practices, Oct. 7, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Pre-School Appropriate Practices, Oct. 21, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Health, Safety & Nutrition, Nov. 4, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Behavioral Observation & Screening, Nov. 6 & 8, 6 to 9:00 p.m.  Costs range from $26 to $43 depending on length of course.

            An Early Care and Education Administrative Overview course will meet Tuesdays, Jan. 9 through April 24 from 6 to 9:00 p.m.  Cost is $191.  An Internship course will meet Thursdays, Jan. 11 through April 26 from 6 to 9:00 p.m.  Cost is $191.

            A Real Estate Sales course begins Sept. 30 with class meetings on Oct. 1, 14, 15, 28, 29, and Nov. 5. Class times are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Cost is $250.

            Introduction to Computers with Internet for Seniors will meet Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. to noon.  Cost is $24.

              Cake Decorating I begins Feb. 1. Cake Decorating II begins March 1. Advanced Level Cake Decorating III begins April 5. All classes meet Thursdays, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Cost of each course is $41. 

            Chipola also offers custom workshops. The following are available: Eat That Frog: Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done; Whale Done: The Power of Positive Relationships; The Pygmalion Effect: Managing the Power of Expectations; Discussing Performance; The Attitude Virus: Curing Negativity in the Workplace; Team Building: What makes a Good Team Player?; and After All, You’re the Supervisor!

            Gatlin Education Services (GES) offers, open enrollment, online courses in: health care, internet graphics/web design, business, law and travel.  Register online at www.gatlineducation.com/chipola.

.           Education To Go offers online programs in: computers, photography, languages, writing, entertainment, grant writing, business, sales, accounting, test prep, finance, health, child care, parenting, art, history, psychology, literature, statistics, philosophy, engineering, law and nursing. For dates and course outlines, visit www.ed2go.com/chipola .

            For information about any of these non-credit courses, call 850-718-2395.                                                                  

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September 18, 2006

 

CHIPOLA TO HOST MEETING OF BLUE SPRINGS WORKING GROUP

 

            MARIANNA— The public is invited to attend a meeting of the Blue Springs Working Group, Thursday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Chipola College Arts Center.

Chipola recently was awarded a grant from the Department of Environmental Protection to coordinate the working group. 

Jackson Blue Springs—known locally as Blue Springs—has the second highest nitrate levels of any first magnitude spring in Florida.  There also is potential for a change in land use from forestry and agriculture to residential in some areas of the spring basin. 

The purpose of the Blue Springs working group is to educate stakeholders about the spring basin and to develop tasks to protect the springs by protecting the surface and groundwater flowing into the springs, and to promote best management practices within the springshed.  The project will bring together citizens, landowners, state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, and municipal governments, including the Nature Conservancy, 1000 Friends of Florida, the Apalachicola Riverkeeper, the Florida Springs Initiative, local County Commissioners, the Jackson County Planning Commission, faculty and students of Chipola’s Natural Science Department, and other interested individuals. 

The college will provide scientific expertise, and a library for building and housing a Blue Springs Collection of historical and scientific literature, and other contributions to the project. In addition, Chipola students will be exposed to educational issues involved with Blue Springs.  Because Chipola now trains teachers in middle school and high school science education, the effects of this project could be felt in public school systems as these future teachers enter the workforce.

The working group project will be overseen by Dr. Stephen Shimmel, a biology professor at Chipola since 1985. Dr. Shimmel holds a B.S. in Zoology, an M.S. in Botany, and a Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Georgia. He has been retained as a consultant/contractor for the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. Forestry Service.

Vicki Mathis, Chipola’s Business and Industry Liason, will assist Shimmel in documenting activities, accounting, maintaining the project data base, and submitting quarterly reports. Mathis has extensive experience in grant and project management.

Chipola will host three quarterly meetings of the Working Group, with the fourth meeting to be held on site at Blue Springs during Old Timer’s Day. Other meeting sites and tours also may be planned.

All citizens interested in issues related to the Blue Springs Basin are encouraged to attend the Sept. 21 meeting. Guests will have an opportunity to view the Apalachicola River exhibit and documentary film.

For information, call Vicki Mathis at 850-718-2289.

 

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September 21, 2006

TALLAHASSEE BALLET TO OPEN CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES TUESDAY

 

            MARIANNA—The Tallahassee Ballet will perform Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m., in the Chipola College Theater in the first event of the Chipola College Artist Series.

            The troupe will present an evening of classical and contemporary dance works performed to the music of Bach, Schubert and Schumann.  The program will draw from works by renowned choreographers Danielle Genest, choreographer and dancer from New York City; FSU Department of Dance Professor Rick McCullough; TTB’s Resident Choreographer Dr. Kathryn Cashin, and Henry Hernandez, TTB’s new Artistic Director.  Audiences also will enjoy classical favorites such as variations from The Nutcracker and TTB’s new ballet, Beauty and the Beast.

            Season tickets for the Artist Series are now on sale in the college Business Office located in Building A. Three other events make up the series. The Fabulous “Limeliters,” folk group will perform Nov. 9.  The Limeliters launched their career in 1959 at San Francisco’s Hungry I and emerged as one of the dominant voices of the early 1960’s folk music scene. 

            Theatre of Illusion comes to Chipola, Jan. 29, 2007.  Kevin and Cindy Spencer have dazzled the world with their stage magic and breath-taking illusions. The Spencers take audiences over a threshold of disbelief and are captivated moments after the pair takes the stage.

            The Orlando Opera Company presents “Passion, Power, and Peril,” April 9, 2007.  Audiences will experience extraordinary vocal music in this full-featured program, highlighting great classics and some of the most endearing operatic and music theater selections ever written.

            The Chipola Artist Series is funded through Chipola's Performing Arts Fund, with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Southern Arts Federation, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the Chipola Regional Arts Association and corporate donors.

            Season tickets—$40 for all four events—entitle holders to same seat reserved seats, invitations to the "Meet The Artist" receptions and subscriptions to the CRAA arts calendar. A limited number of individual event tickets—$12 for adults and $8 for ages 18 and under—will be available prior to each performance at the Chipola Business Office.

            For season tickets, call the Business Office at 718-2220.          

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September 21, 2006

CAST ANNOUNCED FOR CHIPOLA’S ‘I HATE HAMLET ’

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Theater is in full rehearsal for the Paul Rudnick comedy, "I Hate Hamlet," which opens a four-day run, Nov. 2.  

            Chipola Theater director Charles Sirmon recently cast local actors in the following roles: Brittany Holmes as Felicia Dantine, Kevin Russell as Andrew Rally, Shannon Grice as Deirdre McDavey, Danuta Jacob as Lillian Troy, Mike Milton as John Barrymore and Chris Calton as Gary Peter Lefkowitz. Rowdy Wilbur will serve as the stage manager for the show.           

           “I Hate Hamlet,” spins the tale of a young and successful television actor who relocates to New York, where he rents a marvelous, gothic apartment.  With his career in limbo, the actor is offered the opportunity to play Hamlet onstage, but there’s one problem: he hates Hamlet.  His dilemma deepens with the entrance of John Barrymore’s ghost, who arrives intoxicated and in full costume to the apartment that once was his. 

            The contrast between the two actors, the towering Barrymore whose Hamlet was the greatest of his time, and Andrew Rally, hot young television star, leads to a wildly funny duel over women, art, success, duty, television and yes, the apartment.

            For information about Chipola Theater, call 718-2227.

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September 21, 2006

CHIPOLA FACC SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College chapter of the Florida Association of Community Colleges recently awarded $10,500 in scholarships to children of college employees.

Recipients and their employee parents, are: Paul Fowler, son of Martin and Terri Fowler; Meghan Holley, daughter of Janice Holley; Amber Lipford daughter of Karen Lipford; Aaron Neal, son of Tammy Neal; Kevin Shores, son of Lisa Shores; Kevin Smith, son of Bonnie Smith; and Laura Taylor daughter of Barbara Taylor.

The Chipola FACC Scholarship Endowment has grown to $150,000. FACC members raise funds for the endowment through the sale of concessions at Chipola athletic events, and with an annual silent auction for employees. 

FACC is a statewide organization open to all employees, retirees and trustees of Florida’s 28 public community colleges. FACC provides professional development opportunities for its members, and represents the interests of community colleges before the Florida Legislature.

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CHIPOLA FACC SCHOLARS—The Chipola College chapter of the Florida Association of Community Colleges recently awarded $10,500 in scholarships to children of college employees. Recipients and their employee parents, are: from left: Bonnie Smith, Kevin Smith, Lisa Shores, Kevin Shores, Meghan Holley, Janice Holley, Martin Fowler, Paul Fowler, Aaron Neal and Tammy Neal. Not pictured, are: Laura Taylor, daughter of Barbara Taylor and Amber Lipford, daughter of Karen Lipford.                                                                         ####

 

 

 

September 21, 2006

FLORIDA SPRINGS TASK FORCE LEADER TO SPEAK AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—Jim Stevenson, former Chief Biologist for the Florida Park System, will discuss the work of the Florida Springs Task Force, Thursday, Sept. 28, at 6:30 p.m., in the Chipola College Arts Center.

Stevenson coordinates the Wakulla Springs Basin and the Ichetucknee Springs Basin Working Groups. During his 20 years with the Florida Park system he developed the educational and the land management programs for the park system. Jim retired in 2003, after 38 years with the Department of Environmental Protection.

He chaired the Florida Springs Task Force that developed a protection strategy for Florida’s springs and served as Director of the Governor’s Florida Springs Protection Initiative.  In recognition of his dedication, the State of Florida named a spring on the Suwannee River “Stevenson Spring” in his honor. For his longstanding stewardship of public lands, the Governor and Cabinet created the Department of Environmental Protection’s “Jim Stevenson Resource Manager of the Year Award.”

Stephenson’s presentation at the college is part of an ongoing lecture series slated in conjunction with the “Apalachicola River: An American Treasure,” exhibit now on display in the college Arts Center.

Guests will have the opportunity to view the exhibit of large black and white photographs by Clyde Butcher and Richard Bickel, and the documentary film by Elam Stoltzfus. The show also is open to the public, weekdays, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 6 to 9 p.m. and Sundays, 2 to 4 p.m., through Oct. 12.   

On Friday, Sept. 29, at 10 a.m., Edd Sorensen, Certified Cave Diver and dive shop owner on Merritt’s Mill Pond, will discuss Blue Springs and underwater caverns.

On Thursday, Oct. 5, at 6:30 p.m., Dan Tonsmeire, Executive Director of Apalachicola Riverkeeper, and Helen M. Light of the U.S.Geological Survey, will discuss their work to protect the river and its tributaries.

On Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 10 a.m., Dr. Steven J. Herrington, Apalachicola River and Bay Project Coordinator with the Nature Conservancy will discuss protection of natural resources in the Panhandle.

On Thursday, Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m., musician Sammy Tedder will perform original music and discuss hand-made instruments. 

The Apalachicola exhibit is made possible locally by the Chipola Area Board of REALTORS®, the Marianna Automobile Dealers Association, the Jackson County Tourist Development Council and Friends of the Florida Caverns. Members of the Chipola Regional Arts Association and the Artists Guild of Northwest Florida are hosting the exhibit. 

For information, call 850-718-2301.

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September 21, 2006

 

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LECTURE SERIES SLATED WITH RIVER EXHIBIT—This Richard Bickel photograph of a boy and his dad on Spring Creek in Marianna is one of several now on display in the Chipola College Arts Center.  Apalachicola: An American Treasure is open to the public, weekdays, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 6 to 9 p.m. and Sundays, 2 to 4 p.m., through Oct. 12.   A lecture series is scheduled in conjunction with the show. For information, call 850-718-2301.

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September 21, 2006

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SELF-DEFENSE SEMINAR SET AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa will host a Domestic Violence lecture and Self-Defense seminar, Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 2 p.m., in Room 107 of the college Public Service Building.

Robin Baxley, a registered nurse and victims advocate, will present the lecture on Domestic Violence.

Jerry Brown, an instructor with the Florida Department of Corrections, will lead the self-defense seminar in Room 116.

For information about the event, call Pam Rentz at 526-2761, Ext. 3287.

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September 21, 2006                                                                   

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a variety of short courses in the coming weeks.       

            Chipola will offer the following Mandatory training for Child Care Facility Personnel and Family Child Care Home: Special Needs Appropriate Practices, Oct. 7, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Pre-School Appropriate Practices, Oct. 21, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Health, Safety & Nutrition, Nov. 4, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Behavioral Observation & Screening, Nov. 6 & 8, 6 to 9:00 p.m.  Costs range from $26 to $43 depending on length of course.

            An Early Care and Education Administrative Overview course will meet Tuesdays, Jan. 9 through April 24 from 6 to 9:00 p.m.  Cost is $191.  An Internship course will meet Thursdays, Jan. 11 through April 26 from 6 to 9:00 p.m.  Cost is $191.

            A Real Estate Sales course begins Sept. 30 with class meetings on Oct. 1, 14, 15, 28, 29, and Nov. 5. Class times are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Cost is $250.

            A Sign Language I course will meet Tuesdays, Oct. 3 through Dec. 12 from 5 to 7 p.m.  Cost is $81.

            Introduction to Computers with Internet for Seniors will meet Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. to noon.  Cost is $24.

              Cake Decorating I begins Feb. 1. Cake Decorating II begins March 1. Advanced Level Cake Decorating III begins April 5. All classes meet Thursdays, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Cost of each course is $41. 

            Chipola also offers custom workshops. The following are available: Eat That Frog: Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done; Whale Done: The Power of Positive Relationships; The Pygmalion Effect: Managing the Power of Expectations; Discussing Performance; The Attitude Virus: Curing Negativity in the Workplace; Team Building: What makes a Good Team Player?; and After All, You’re the Supervisor!

            Gatlin Education Services (GES) offers, open enrollment, online courses in: health care, internet graphics/web design, business, law and travel.  Register online at www.gatlineducation.com/chipola.

.           Education To Go offers online programs in: computers, photography, languages, writing, entertainment, grant writing, business, sales, accounting, test prep, finance, health, child care, parenting, art, history, psychology, literature, statistics, philosophy, engineering, law and nursing. For dates and course outlines, visit www.ed2go.com/chipola .

For information about any of these non-credit courses, call 850-718-2395.                                                                                  

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September 21, 2006

 

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PIPPEN IS EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH—Wendy Pippen accepts the October Career Employee of the month award from Chipola College president Dr. Gene Prough. Pippen has served as Human Resources Coordinator at the college since 2003.

 

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September 21, 2006

 

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JUDGE REGISTER SPEAKS AT CHIPOLA—Circuit Judge Allen L. Register of Chipley was the guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Chipola College Honors program. Register was appointed to the 14th Judicial Circuit Court in 2002, and has been a judge since 1992. Prior to that, he served 11 years as an assistant state attorney in the 14th Circuit. Register is a Chipola alumnus who received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Florida. Register is pictured here with Chipola Honors student Matthew Booth from Chipley.

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September 21, 2006

 

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BANK PREZ SPEAKS AT CHIPOLA—Harold Donaldson, President of First Capital Bank of Marianna, was the guest speaker for a recent meeting of Phi Beta Lambda business fraternity. Donaldson (center) is pictured here with Mariea Lane, PBL secretary (left) and Casey Alford, PBL president.

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September 21, 2006

 

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 CHIPOLA ENCOURAGES VOTER REGISTRATION—The Chipola Honors program recently hosted a Voter Registration event to mark Constitution Week. Pictured from left, are: Rep. Marti Coley; Bryan Craven, Chipola director of Public Relations; Buddy Clark, Chipola SGA president; Carol Jean Jordan, chairman of the Republican Party of Florida; and Dr. Gene Prough, president of Chipola College.

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September 29, 2006

CHIPOLA COLLEGE ANNOUNCES OCTOBER MINI-TERM

 

MARIANNAAs a convenience to area residents, Chipola College will offer a Mini-Term beginning in October.

            The short term, featuring eight-weeks of classes instead of the typical 16-week semester, includes some 18 classes which meet once a week. Registration for the Mini-Term begins Oct. 9.            

Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough said, “If you missed the Fall Semester registration, or chose not to enroll because of scheduling challenges, the mini-term offers the option of fewer class meetings.” 

The October short term is designed to assist those who are working toward completing classes in the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science degree programs.

                “We are continuously seeking ways to help more people attend college and to obtain a degree,” said Chipola vice-president Dr. Sarah Clemmons. “This mini-term will help our students to plan courses around their busy schedules with work and family.”

                The State Employee Fee Waiver program may be used to cover tuition for the Mini-Term.

The following courses are being offered during the mini-term:

American History to 1865 (AMH 2010), 5-9:40 p.m., Wed., Ivey;

Crafts I (ART 1100C), 5-9:40 p.m., Tuesdays, Gorman;

Intro to Biological Science (BSC 1005), 5-9:40 p.m., Mon., Hilton;

Intro to Microcomputer (CGS 1060), 8-1:20 p.m., Sat., Stephens;

College Prep Writing (ENC 0004), 5-11:15 p.m., Tues., DeFelix;

Communication Skills I (ENC 1101), 8-3:10 p.m., Fri., Hinson;

English General Knowledge Review (ENC 2110), 7-8:35 p.m., Mon., Hinson;

Math General Knowledge Review (MGF 2118), 5-6:35 p.m., Mon., Cleveland;

General Psychology (PSY 2012), 5-10:20 p.m., Thurs., Greene;

College Prep Reading (REA0004), 8-3:10 p.m., Sat., T. Johnson;

Introduction to Social Work (SOW 2020), 8-1:20 p.m., Sat., Stone.

The following Workforce Development courses feature open enrollment. Times and dates may be scheduled with the instructor:

Surface Mount Technology (EET 1607C) 4 hours, Bailey;

Introduction to Electronics (EET 1083) 3 hours, Bailey;

Math for Electronics I (MTB 1327) 3 hours, Bailey;

Network Cabling (CET 1631), 1 hour, Bailey;

Logic Circuits (CET 1111) 1 hour, Bailey;

Food Service Sanitation (FOS 2201C) 3 hours, Panichella;

Dining Room Operations (HFT 2840C) 3 hours, Panichella.

For information, call 850-718-2271.

 

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September 29, 2006

CHIPOLA CHEER FEST SLATED FOR OCT. 21

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Cheerleaders will host a Cheer Fest and Critique Day for area all-star and recreation cheer squads on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 10 a.m., in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center.

                The public is invited to attend. Admission is $5 for ages 5 and older. Fans should expect great routines and an exciting morning of cheerleading.

        Interested coaches should contact Geraldine DeFelix. Entry forms are available on the Chipola website: www.chipola.edu, under “Athletics,” and “Cheerleaders.”.

        For more information, contact DeFelix at 718-2322.

 

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September 29, 2006

CHIPOLA’S ‘I HATE HAMLET’ OPENS NOV. 3

 

                MARIANNA— Tickets for the Chipola College production of “I Hate Hamlet,” go on sale Oct. 19 in the college Business Office. The Paul Rudnick comedy opens a four-day run, Nov. 2.

            Tickets—$7 for adults and $5 for students—are available weekdays in the college Business Office from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Chipola students and employees get one free ticket.

            For the courtesy of all theatre patrons, no one under age 5 will be admitted. Recommended age for the subject matter is 13 and up.

            “I Hate Hamlet” tells the story of a young and successful television actor who relocates to New York, where he rents a marvelous, gothic apartment.  With his career in limbo, the actor is offered the opportunity to play Hamlet onstage, but there’s one problem:  He hates Hamlet.  There are, however, a couple of glitches in paradise.  Andrew’s series has been cancelled; his girlfriend is clinging to her virtue with unyielding conviction; and he has no desire to play Hamlet.  When Andrew’s agent visits him, she reminisces about her brief romance with John Barrymore many years ago, prompting a séance that summons Barrymore’s ghost.  The action becomes more hilarious with the entrance of Andrew’s deal-making friend from LA, spouting the laid-back hype of the Coast and offering Andrew a fabulous new TV deal worth millions.  The laughs are nonstop as Andrew wrestles with his conscience, Barrymore, his sword, and the fact that he fails as Hamlet in Central Park.               

            For ticket information, call 850-718-2220.

 

 

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CHIPOLA PRESENTS ‘I HATE HAMLET’—The Chipola College production of “I Hate Hamlet” runs through Nov. 2-5 in the Chipola Theater. Here, Chipola actors (from left) Michael John Milton (John Barrymore) and Kevin Russell (Andrew Rally) rehearse a scene from the popular Paul Rudnick comedy. For information about Chipola Theater, call 850-718-2220.

 

 

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September 29, 2006

APALACHICOLA RIVERKEEPER TO SPEAK AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College will host a discussion of the Apalachicola River, Thursday, Oct. 5, at 6:30 p.m., in the Chipola Arts Center.

Dan Tonsmeire, Executive Director of Apalachicola Riverkeeper, and Helen M. Light of the U.S.Geological Survey, will discuss their work to protect the river and its tributaries.

The Apalachicola Riverkeeper is a grassroots environmental advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of Florida's most endangered river and estuary—the Apalachicola—including its tributaries: the Chipola, the Brothers and the Little St. Marks.  The group also is partnered with 1000 Friends of Florida on regional issues and the Waterkeeper Alliance on national issues.

Dan Tonsmeire, was recruited to fill the Apalachicola Riverkeeper position in 2004.  He spent 15 years as a water resource planner with the Northwest Florida Water Management District where he was the principal planner for the development and implementation of the Northwest Florida Surface Water Improvement and Management Program on the Apalachicola Bay and River. 

In prior years Dan was resident manager for the 1,250-acre Jeff Lewis Wilderness Preserve on Dog Island, Florida where he facilitated and coordinated research and Program Development for The Nature Conservancy.  In addition he has had hands-on experience as a backcountry guide in Idaho, a commercial fisherman in Alaska, and an owner and operator of a small construction company in Alabama and Florida.  Dan graduated in Civil Engineering from Auburn University and currently holds a USCG Ocean Operators license and Florida Real Estate license.

Thursday’s event is part of an ongoing lecture series slated in conjunction with the “Apalachicola River: An American Treasure,” exhibit now on display in the college Arts Center.

Guests will have the opportunity to view the exhibit of large black and white photographs by Clyde Butcher and Richard Bickel, and the documentary film by Elam Stoltzfus. The show also is open to the public, weekdays, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 6 to 9 p.m. and Sundays, 2 to 4 p.m., through Oct. 12.   

On Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 10 a.m., Dr. Steven J. Herrington, Apalachicola River and Bay Project Coordinator with the Nature Conservancy will discuss protection of natural resources in the Panhandle.

On Thursday, Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m., musician Sammy Tedder will perform original music and discuss hand-made instruments. 

The Apalachicola exhibit is made possible locally by the Chipola Area Board of REALTORS®, the Marianna Automobile Dealers Association, the Jackson County Tourist Development Council and Friends of the Florida Caverns. Members of the Chipola Regional Arts Association and the Artists Guild of Northwest Florida are hosting the exhibit. 

For information, call 850-718-2301.

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September 29, 2006

 

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LECTURE SERIES SLATED WITH RIVER EXHIBIT—This Clyde Butcher photograph is one of several now on display in the Chipola College Arts Center.  Apalachicola: An American Treasure is open to the public, weekdays, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 6 to 9 p.m. and Sundays, 2 to 4 p.m., through Oct. 12.  A lecture series is scheduled in conjunction with the show. For information, call 850-718-2301.

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September 29, 2006

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a variety of short courses in the coming weeks.

The following Mandatory training for Child Care Facility Personnel and Family Child Care Home are set: Special Needs Appropriate Practices, Oct. 7, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Pre-School Appropriate Practices, Oct. 21, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Health, Safety & Nutrition, Nov. 4, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Behavioral Observation & Screening, Nov. 6 & 8, 6 to 9 p.m.; Child Abuse & Neglect, Nov. 11, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Child Growth & Development, Nov. 11, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Rules & Regulations (center), Nov. 13 & 15, 6 to 9 p.m.; Rules & Regulations (family), Nov. 18, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Costs range from $17 to $43 depending on length of course.

            An Early Care and Education Administrative Overview course will meet Tuesdays, Jan. 9 through April 24 from 6 to 9:00 p.m.  Cost is $191.  An Internship course will meet Thursdays, Jan. 11 through April 26 from 6 to 9:00 p.m.  Cost is $191.

            A Sign Language I course will meet Tuesdays, Oct. 3 through Dec. 12 from 5 to 7 p.m.  Cost is $81.

            Introduction to Computers with Internet for Seniors will meet Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. to noon.  Cost is $24.

              Cake Decorating I begins Feb. 1. Cake Decorating II begins March 1. Advanced Level Cake Decorating III begins April 5. All classes meet Thursdays, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Cost of each course is $41. 

            Chipola also offers custom workshops. The following are available: Eat That Frog: Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done; Whale Done: The Power of Positive Relationships; The Pygmalion Effect: Managing the Power of Expectations; Discussing Performance; The Attitude Virus: Curing Negativity in the Workplace; Team Building: What makes a Good Team Player?; and After All, You’re the Supervisor!

            Gatlin Education Services (GES) offers, open enrollment, online courses in: health care, internet graphics/web design, business, law and travel.  Register online at www.gatlineducation.com/chipola.

           Education To Go offers online programs in: computers, photography, languages, writing, entertainment, grant writing, business, sales, accounting, test prep, finance, health, child care, parenting, art, history, psychology, literature, statistics, philosophy, engineering, law and nursing. For dates and course outlines, visit www.ed2go.com/chipola .

            For information about any of these non-credit courses, call 850-718-2395.                                                                  

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September 29, 2006

 

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STOKES SPEAKS AT CHIPOLA—Dr. Steve Stokes (right) of Dothan was the guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Chipola College Honors program. Pictured from left, are: Robert Ivey, Chipola Honors adviser; honors students Rachel Daniel and Ashley Duce, and Dr. Steve Stokes.  Dr. Stokes is a board-certified Radiation Oncologist who serves as Medical Director for the Southeast Cancer Network, which includes Southeast Cancer Center at SAMC, Enterprise Cancer Center, and Northwest Florida Cancer Care in Marianna.  He also is the Chairman of the Board of Education for Dothan City Schools, and is the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the University of South Alabama. He recently headed up a medical mission to the country of Panama sponsored by Covenant Methodist Church where he teaches an adult Sunday School class.

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September 29, 2006

 

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CHIPOLA CORRECTIONS GRADS—Eight candidates recently completed the Basic Corrections Academy at Chipola College. Graduates are, from left: (front) Craig Bard of Marianna, Andy Cook of Blountstown, Regina Gammon of Marianna, Brenda Kennedy of Sneads, (back) Jeremiah Nobles of Bristol, Kayla McKinnie of Sneads, and Jerry Sewell of Altha.  Not pictured is Della Teneus of Marianna.

 

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